January 10, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Elrich: Housing Commission Needs to Work with Community over Graves

County Executive Marc Elrich had his first meeting with reporters Thursday. One of the topics that came up was the African cemetery under an apartment complex owned by the Housing Opportunities Commission. Four people were arrested Wednesday at an HOC meeting, protesting the commission’s lack of action to preserve the graves. Here’s what Elrich said […]

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January 9, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Four Arrested Protesting HOC’s Lack of Action on African Cemetery

Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct Wednesday night after a meeting of the Housing Opportunities Commission in Kensington. They were part of a group of about 30 people who came to urge the HOC to convey its Westwood Towers property in Bethesda to the Macedonia Baptist Church, which can properly care for the hundreds […]

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February 26, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner Asks HOC to Restore Cemetery in Tobytown to a “Dignified State” (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner is asking the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) to restore a cemetery in Tobytown “to a dignified state and to develop a plan for its on-going maintenance.” In a letter to HOC Director Stacy Spann, dated Feb. 23, Berliner notes that the Council recently watched a video about Tobytown and […]

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February 14, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Dozens Rally at Macedonia Baptist Church About Historic Burial Site in Bethesda (VIDEO)

Montgomery County police officers stopped traffic on River Road in Bethesda on Sunday afternoon so dozens of protesters who gathered at Macedonia Baptist Church could march across the road to a property the demonstrators say is the site of a historic African-American burial ground. The protesters carried signs that read, “Black Lives Matter,” “Black History […]

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May 11, 2016 | Staff Writer

HOC Welcomes New Commissioner, Pamela Byrd (PHOTO)

The Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County has a new commissioner. Pamela Byrd was appointed as a commissioner to the agency in April 2016. “Pamela Byrd is an excellent addition to the Commission and we are grateful to have her expertise and experience,”  HOC Chair Sally Roman said. “I thank County Executive Ike Leggett and […]

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April 19, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Berliner Announces Potential Transit Service for Tobytown Residents at HOC Meeting (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

UPDATED More than a week after Tobytown resident James Martin made the case for bus service at a Montgomery County Council budget hearing,  the community received a response from local leaders at a Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) meeting held at the Tobytown recreation center Monday night. Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner stopped by the meeting […]

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April 15, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

HOC to hold Tobytown Service Fair on April 18

UPDATED Montgomery County’s Housing Opportunities Commission is scheduled to host a service fair in Tobytown on Monday, April 18. According to a HOC flyer, the purpose of the event is to provide information about area programs, services, and resources available to Tobytown residents. Delegate Aruna Miller is also scheduled to attend. The event will take […]

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February 23, 2016 | Sonya Burke

HOC Welcomes New Commissioner (PHOTO)

The Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County has a new commissioner. Linda Croom was appointed in January of 2016 as the HOC’s resident commissioner. “I thank County Executive Ike Leggett and the Montgomery County Council for selecting Linda Croom as HOC’s newest Commissioner,” said HOC Chair Sally Roman. “The Commission has worked with Ms. […]

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November 20, 2015 | Staff Writer

Montgomery Week In Review featured on Montgomery Community Media

Watch Montgomery Week in Review (VIDEO)

Don Mooers hosts the latest episode of Montgomery Week in Review. His guests include Brian Karem, Zaida Arguedas, Lily Qi and Sally Roman. Topics discussed this week include the recent violence in Paris, League of Women Voters civic engagement roundtables, potential issues that will influence Asian American voters in the upcoming election and a new […]

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September 1, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Big Demand for Affordable Housing in Montgomery County

The need for affordable housing in Montgomery County is great as seen by the response to a new portal that allows anyone interested in obtaining housing assistance to apply online. More than 7,000 people completed applications within the first 24 hours of the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) launching its new housing wait list (HOCHousingPath.com), and […]

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